On Saturday, Lynx players wore shirts having statements written over them, like,
“Change starts with us, justice and accountability” and
“Black Lives Matter”,
before their Saturday game against the Dallas Wings.
The players also spoke out against the killings of five police officers in Dallas last Thursday.
According to Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson, the players would wear the shirts
“to honor and mourn the loss of precious American citizens and to plead change for all of us.”
The 2014 WNBA MVP, Maya Moore, stated that the team wore the shirts to highlight “a longtime problem of racial profiling.”
But the comments that were made and the shirts that were worn by the team’s players at Lynx game, made four Minneapolis officers, who were working as a security for the game, leave their job at Target Center and walk out.
The officers, along with leaving the current game, also detached themselves from consideration for working in any future games.
Lt. Bob Kroll of the Minneapolis Police Federation told theStar Tribune:
“I commend them for it.”
The Target Center will be retaining its own private security for the rest of the season.